The Fashion sector is the second-largest in California’s Creative Economy, capturing 11% of total employment. But the share of Fashion employment to total Creative Economy employment has been falling, dropping 3.5 percentage points from 2013 to 2018. This has been driven not only by the substantial employment growth in the other creative industries, but also by the decline in employment growth in the Fashion Industry. From 2013 to 2018, total employment in the California Fashion sector fell 12%, shedding 15,000 jobs.
In 2018, two of the Fashion Industry’s subsectors, Apparel Manufacturing and Apparel Wholesaling, accounted for 69% of employment in the California Fashion sector, a total of 91,000 jobs. As manufacturing costs have become less competitive in the state relative to other countries, employment in California’s Apparel Manufacturing subsector declined 35% from 2013 to 2018, resulting in a loss of 20,000 jobs. But as California has shifted away from Apparel Manufacturing. Apparel Wholesaling has expanded in the State. From 2013 to 2018, employment in this subsector increased 18%, an addition of 6,000 jobs to the California Fashion market